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Maggie Reidy’s Children’s Book on Caring for Ourselves and Our Planet Soon to Exhibit at the 2023 Guadalajara International Book Fair

At the Guadalajara International Book Fair 2023, numerous international publishers will showcase new works and celebrate the spread of various cultural ideas. The exhibits will include books that reflect on the last few years, such as the children’s story by Maggie Reidy. It tells the story of a child who meets a grandmother turtle named Keola. The pair go on a magical, underwater adventure to learn about each other’s worlds and how they can contribute to making the world a better place.

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“Such a meaningful, well-written, important story for these recent years of struggling with the pandemic. Wonderful, cheery illustrations too. Such a beautiful story for the young & old. Helps with how to cope with today’s difficult times. I highly recommend getting this delightful story.” - Debbie C.

Every continent seems to have its share of massive book fairs, and for the Americas, that takes in the form of the Guadalajara International Book Fair, also known as Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara (FIL). Set near the end of the year, it will once again bring numerous global publishers who wish to exhibit their authors and share their ideas.

Maggie Reidy is one of those authors, and the goal of her children’s book “The Great Global Pause: Inspired by Life on Earth in 2020” is to help humans of all ages reflect on this challenging time on earth while teaching the importance of caring for ourselves, each other, and our planet.

“The Great Global Pause” follows a little child, swimming at sea when they suddenly come across a giant sea turtle. Its name is Keola, and she is known as the Grandmother Turtle.

Together, the pair embark on an enchanted, underwater adventure where they see what had happened to the ocean during the COVID-19 pandemic. The child is amazed by the new abundance of life and together with Keola, they talk about what it means to offer kindness to ourselves, each other, and the rest of creation.

Reidy intends the book to teach a lot of informative and touching lessons about how humans and nature must coexist. Rather than simply surviving together, it encourages everyone to thrive. As a registered clinical counsellor, she has spent over 25 years helping others create kinder relationships and often uses the turtle as her go-to counselling metaphor.

She hopes that her book will continue to inspire hope and resilience in readers as they continue to face the onset of challenges facing the world today.

Maggie Reidy’s “The Great Global Pause: Inspired by Life on Earth in 2020” by Maggie Reidy, M.Ed., will be displayed at the ReadersMagnet exhibit at booth GG38 during the 2023 Guadalajara International Book Fair. The event will run from November 23 to December 3, 2023, at the Expo Guadalajara Convention Center, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

The book is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Reidy has plans for more books in the future, and she shares updates on her website at

“The Great Global Pause: Inspired by Life on Earth in 2020”
Author: Maggie Reidy
Published date: Oct. 28 2021
Publisher: Friesen Press
Genre: Children’s Book

Author Bio
Maggie Reidy is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who has over 25 years’ experience working with humans of all ages. Maggie has always loved Turtles and often uses the turtle as a metaphor in counselling. “We all have a turtle shell, and we all need to go in there and make sure it is clean and healthy under the surface. However, if we spend too much time in there, it is dark and isolating. We need to poke our head out and ask for help and help each other through the waves. If you see a turtle on its back, another one will come and rock it until it is moving forward again. We all need each other.”

Maggie says this book came to her during a very challenging time on earth when the whole world was on pause and she knew that it was time to get this message of hope out into families, groups and classrooms.

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